Local students graduate from Governor’s School of the Arts | Grayson County

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The 35th anniversary class at Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts concluded its historic second session on July 30.

The program doubled class sizes from previous years with additional funding from the Kentucky Department of Education. Growing from 256 students to over 500 students, the tuition-free program ran for two consecutive three-week sessions (Session 1: June 12-July 2; Session 2: July 10-July 30) with students spread in each. Both sessions were held at the University of Kentucky.

During the three-week program, student-artists from 71 counties were immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, creative projects, masterclasses and lectures. Instruction was offered in nine disciplines: architecture + design, creative writing, dance, theatre, film + photography, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual arts and vocal music.

Grayson County High School graduates include Bethany Ray (music instrumental), Dawson Gorby (music vocal), Jacob Van Meter (music vocal), and Michell Lynch (music instrumental).

Special activities and performances for GSA 2022 included a visit from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a trip to Louisville for a free screening of the Broadway touring musical hamiltonMartha Redbone, musician from Harlan County, former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker, pianist and author Harry Pickens, and various arts and cultural organizations in Kentucky, including the Muhammad Ali Center, Pones Dance Company, Flamenco Louisville, and Clear CreekCollective.

Since 1987, more than 7,000 high school and high school students have descended on a college campus to immerse themselves in an intensive arts environment, with interdisciplinary learning, performances and talks by special guest artists, and the opportunity to access critical life changes. university scholarships.

GSA has been approved for $2,850,000 from the American Recovery Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Summer Enrichment Fund (Office of Teaching and Learning) to be awarded over a period of three years. Federal ESSER funding has been provided to state education agencies under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The $2,850,000 ESSER grant covers 43% of the expanded GSA program, with an additional 32% ($2,121,746) funded by private sources and the remainder by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky Performing Arts and the program administrators are working to secure additional funding, including fundraising, to allow the program to enroll 500 students after the three-year grant period ends.

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